The Korean fir (Abies koreana)
The Korean fir (Abies koreana) is an evergreen conifer belonging to the pine family (Pinaceae). It is a slow growing plant that is planted in ornamental gardens and grown as Christmas tree. The cut-off tree will keep its needles.:
The tree is native to the mountains of the southern tip of Korea, where it is 6-16 m high. In the Netherlands, the tree does not exceed 3-4 m and is 2.5 m wide. The smooth bark is greyish brown and covered with resin vesicles.
The branches are densely covered with soft, standing up, on top shiny needles. The 1.2 to 2.5 cm long, flat, widening towards the apex needles are dark green to gray. At the bottom are the stomata into two very broad silvery white longitudinal stripes, separated by a narrow midrib, ranked. The tip of the needle is blunt and notched.
The tree has at an early age many from 5 to 7.5 cm long cones, which stand in large groups on the branches. This tree has a high ornamental value. The young cones are silver blue. The mature cones are brown and fall apart when ripe. Only the core remains on the branches. The seed is ripe in the autumn.
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